The goodness, the purity, the beauty of Diwali diya were so beautifully woven together with lustrous colors in the Diwali Stamp USPS unveiled, October 5, in the presence of exultant Indian American community, politicians, lawmakers, officials, media and the USPS staff at the Indian Consulate in New York. The gorgeous stamp is the result of the imagination and artistic touch of a triumvirate. The diya was photographed by Sally Anderson Bruce of New Milford, CT. The stamp was designed by Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA. And William J. Gicker of Washington DC was the Art Director of the Project Diwali Stamp.

Photos/ Mohammed Jaffer-SnapsIndia

The Consulate General of India (CGI), New York, in association with Diwali Stamp Project (DSP) and Air India (AI)invites media and all eligible Diwali stamp buyers to a reception celebrating the Diwali Stamp on October 20, 2016 at 7pm, when a Raffle-draw by Air India will occur.

All who purchased Pre-Sale Diwali Stamps through DSP and/or purchased at CGI-NY on the first day – when USPS Dedicated and unveiled the Stamp are eligible for the Raffle Draw. They are encouraged to come with their raffle tickets, and if they did not receive a raffle ticket, they should come with proof of Diwali Stamp-purchase, and theywill be given appropriate number of Raffle tickets to be part of this historic draw.

The Air India Raffle in support of the Diwali Stamp will take place on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Consulate General of India, 3 East 64th Street (between Madison & 5th Avenues), New York City. 7 PM: Reception and raffle ticket availability. 7.45 PM: AI Raffle Draw. 8..15 PM: Dinner.

RSVP: No later than Tuesday, October 18, 2016, to

Organizers thank USPS and Postmaster Megan Brennan and her team for making this Diwali, and every Diwali hereinafter, brighter forever. Happy Diwali!